Saturday, 24 February 2018

Springtime foils.... here for you card

Cards can often say far more than words... when we have someone we need to comfort sending a card is a wonderful way to show we thought of them and we care. I created this beautiful card for such an occasion and I am thrilled how it turned out.

The Spring time foils DSP is just stunning, I fussy cut several of the flowers from one sheet and coloured them with Blender pens. There were then laid beneath vellum which gives a soft look to anything it over lays. I chose a simple sentiment from the Blossoming basket set and stamped on vellum this also gives a soft look.

I also used the Blender pens to colour strips of the Spring time foils dip to lay at each side of the card. As the card has a non porous surface we need to give this chance to dry. But results are beautiful. 

I love creating from the heart with no real idea of what the outcome will be...on this occasion it just worked. I hope you enjoyed this project and will try it yourself. Feel free to copy any of the cards I share whole reason for sharing is to help inspire you in your card making.

I do have a step by step tutorial for you to follow. You can watch as my idea unfolds ... Products used are listed below should you wish to purchase any products I use simply visit my online shop to the right of this page... or click the photos below. So why not grab a brew... get comfy and enjoy the video...

Happy stamping xxxx Amanda


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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Smooshing and splattering .... for Inspire Create Challenges #12 ...Animals

Nothing more I love than messy crafting. Makes me feel like I'm really creative if I make a mess. My favourite technique just now is water colour smooshing. I just love how you get a different result every time . I also love splattering ..... lots of fun.

On this card I splattered using the new Stampin' Blends ..using the brush tip end tap on a ruler or another pen and the ink gently splatters. Its fab because its tiny splatters not big old splurges so while its random its still real pretty.

I was a tad stuck for ideas yesterday before making this card so contacted my friends Hannah and Heidi for inspiration. They weren't around and so unsupervised I just went with whatever. Now Hannah runs the blog this card is going on .. he he he so I mischievously thought I would pick bright and garish colours ... my revenge for having no help. But yet again my evil plan was foiled. Not least because Stampin' Up! colours just seem to match. You could pick three colours wearing sunglasses, in Winter, at night time (to quote Ed Sherran)  and they would still match perfectly... How do they do that ?

I used Flying home with the cute little birdies to keep to the animal theme... and yes bright bold colours chiefly Lemon lime twist, Calypso coral and Flirty flamingo. My sentiment is from the oh Happy day card kit... these sets often have awesome stamp sets we easily over look.

So I hope this card gives some inspiration and please do go over to the Inspire Create Challenges page via the link below and check out the other entries, maybe even join in yourself.

Happy stamping , hugs xxx Amanda

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The lost card !!!!....... Flying home from Stampin' Up!

Welcome to the lost card from Atlantis !!! ...this is my nickname for this card. I created this like WEEKS ago. Could I find it it disappeared goodness knows where in my office and then suddenly re appeared, from nowhere this morning. 

I'm rather pleased truth be know as this half term holiday is playing havoc with my blogging and filming schedule. I'm also pleased because this set is so pretty I am thrilled to be sharing it with you. Such a pretty light hearted and cute set. it just shouts spring time to me...and I'm sure all us UK folks are ready for some spring freshness after a winter which seems to have dragged on at least fifty years.

Now I am prone to exaggeration  I will admit, but its no exaggeration how cute this set is and how easy it is to create a fantastic card using it. The images are so striking they are great as stand alone ones or as with mine, stick them all on one card...why not !.

I coloured this just a few days after receiving my Stampin' Blends and could not wait to get busy with them. I was thrilled at the results I got using the same colours yet light and dark, and the amazing tones it gave to my work.

I think this would also be a great Easter time set with its pretty Spring theme so lots and lots of possibilities. There are no sentiments with this set so you can pair it with any other stamp set in your collection making the theme of the card fit your needs. Super versatile.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and will give this set a look in the Spring/ Summer catalogue. The links for all products used on this card are listed below. or you can browse my 24/7 on line shop via the links to the right of my blog page.

Happy stamping, hugs x Amanda

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Shabby Vintage style card for GDP#126

A card can mean so much and especially when sent for a non occasion. There are more reasons to send a card than we realise, and a card can really brighten someones day. I made this card for a friend who i know is struggling right now. We all do from time to time when life can throw a curve ball. Showing we care can help. 

To help me design the card I followed this weeks Global Design project card sketch you can follow the GDP and check out this weeks challenge along with all the other entries here .

I went for a shabby vintage theme and as I didn't film this project I should relax and take my time.I distressed the edges of the middle and top layer with my lovely sharp Stampin' Up! snips. I find these better than any distress tool on the market. Using sponges I inked all the edges and blended the Sahara Sand ink heavier on the edges to give an aged look. The script stamp for the Hostess set Back ground bits has been dotted about quite randomly, and very feint, stamped of top to three times to give a faded worn look. The beautiful flower stars come from Hopeful thoughts a beautiful set to add to any stampers collection.

Stitched shape framelits were used to cut out the pretty sentiment. Using two oval sizes layered on dimensionals and backed with a trimmed down doily to add softness.

In a ll a simple yet pretty card... I do hope you enjoyed this project and will try it yourself. All the products used are listed below. Don't forget to click email subscription to my blog to get notifications of postings and also please do go over and take a look at the GDP site.

Happy stamping ... hugs xxx Amanda

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